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Review: Banana Republic Dresses

10 Sep

I was looking for dresses the other day and I stumbled into Banana Republic.

Though Banana Republic isn’t really my style, I saw a lot of 00P dresses in stock at the store so I wanted to try them out and save the trouble of ordering them online.

I want to find more office dresses but there too many options at other stores given my size so I took my chances with BR.

In 00P, this dress has a lot of movement and it feels as comfortable as wearing a jersey tee. I love the neckline, but it’s a tad loose and shapeless. Plus, I’m not a fan of the smocking.

To make this dress better, a nice chunky belt can give it better definition and shape. If it was one size smaller, it would be more flattering and harder to put it back on the rack.

Would I buy it? Maybe as a casual walking dress.

This dress was already reviewed by PetiteXXS. It’s an interesting print but the dress is too loose and the v-neck is too revealing when I move around. It definitely needs a belt to make it look more put together.

Would I buy it? Not really, unless it was one size smaller.

This work sheath has a great neckline again and it minimizes my bust so it doesn’t look too revealing despite the v-neck, which is something I want. But the rest of the garment doesn’t fit at all. It’s too long and too loose.

If I could alter it, I’d take in the waist by 2+ inches, shorten the sleeves, shorten the hem to be above the knee, and make the waistband thinner. Cher from a.fashion.deliberation also reviewed this dress.

Would I buy it? Maybe, if it’s on sale and a trip to the tailors.

I thought this dress would make a good layering piece since it has a tank already attached to a tweed skirt. However, instead of a stretch tee, this top has no stretch and comes with a size zip. The top fits pretty well, but the skirt over-accentuates the hip area with an awkward shape that makes me look really bottom heavy.

Would I buy it? Not likely since the skirt looks so unfortunate.

Overall, the dresses at Banana Republic in 00P are too loose and ill-fitting on me. Either they size inflated or I lost weight (which I doubt) but the dresses don’t fit right from the bust down.

Compared to the average BR shopper, I guess I have smaller waist(by 2+ inches) and smaller hip girth(by .5 -1 inch). If they start making XXXS/000P dresses, I’d probably shop there, but as of now, I don’t think I need to go back this season.

How about you readers?

Where do find work-appropriate dresses that can do well for casual and more formal occasions?

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Review: Shabby Apple Dresses

30 Aug

Lately, it seems like Shabby Apple is everywhere but I’m not sure how it fits a petite.

Previously, I tried the Rendezvous dress in XXS with disastrous results that I could have avoided if I read the reviews. The lining was too small for the dress and I did zip it up, but I had the hardest time getting it off. The proportions were all wrong for a petite, but perfect for someone whose 5’7″ and above.

Still one experience is not enough to deter me since I might have picked the wrong dress to try. I think the knit dresses are more flexible with fit, but I wasn’t drawn to the styles. So I took a risk and went for the fitted dresses, specifically Cider and Mt. Greylock.

First, Cider. I got it in XS and it’s made of 100% cotton.

Looks pretty good on the model.

And on me?

From the first photo, it doesn’t look so bad, it’s just a little long.

The fabric feels thick and stiff, almost like crepe paper, but it’s definitely fabric. The construction on the garment is pretty decent though I wish the zipper was invisible instead of being purple. And the detail around the neckline is pretty reminiscent of things I’ve seen from Ann Taylor.

The other photos show that the dress is not flattering and it’s way too big. The shoulder area is too wide. At the waist, I can pull away 4 inches of fabric. And the flare at the bottom is overwhelming on my frame. Even if I got the XXS, it’d still be loose and the proportions would still be off.

Keep or Return? Return.

The next dress is Mt. Greylock in XS. It’s a herringbone knit print made from 100% Wool.

Trendy and sophisticated. It’s also spot on with the fall trend with herringbone and the lady-like silhouettte.

And on me?

The style is super cute and an XXS would probably looked better since the fabric stretches. But the proportions are off once again and the detail at the waist makes it look like I have a pooch. I could put on this dress without unzipping the zipper…that’s how loose it is and how much it can stretch.

If I altered the dress in XXS, I’d have to adjust the dart and seam positions, raise the waistline, and shorten the hem. And maybe shrink the size of the sleeves by an inch or two.

Keep or Return? Return.

Shabby Apple  has several cute styles of dresses, but it’s just not made for a petite in mind. I’ve seen some bloggers wear Shabby Apple dresses but they either altered it in some way, kept it long, or they’re just the perfect proportion for those dresses.

Maybe I  chose the wrong styles for my body type, but it just didn’t work out for me.

What do you think? Have you tried Shabby Apple and what were your results?

Petite Musings: Arden B.

26 Aug

Usually I avoid clubbing style stores such as Guess, Bebe, and Arden B. because it’s not really my style. But, I stopped by Arden B. and found some really cute stuff this time around. The skirts, dresses, rompers, and jumpsuits caught my eye and I started roaming through the racks. There was a bright, colorful look to the whole place which made it easy to shop around.

Random Fact: Arden B. is owned by Wet Seal Inc.

I found a couple items and tried them on. I wasn’t really looking for pants or tops, so I’m not sure about the fit. Still, I have a feeling that they can run pretty small. The rompers and jumpsuits in XS fit quite well on bottom, but the tops were large and baggy. I know it’s the style to have some volume in the top, but it was not proportional to my body and it looked overwhelming. So, I had to let go of those pretty rompers.

Next, I tried on the following dress in XS.

Amazingly, it fit like a glove! It’s beautiful, decently-constructed, and has pockets. The only downside was that the zipper wasn’t that great, but it does the job. The dress had all the right curves in all the right places. I knew that I had to get this one.

Perfect for date night!

Sizing Notes

I’ve seen size 0 and XS in stores, but I’m not sure about the 00. Anyways, here’s the size chart from the Arden B. website: